K Street: Dems Need Not Apply?

Firms on Washington DC's lobbying row, K Street, are "aggressively courting GOP lawmakers who have announced their retirements, suggesting that the business community is confident the GOP will retain the Speaker's gavel in January." The trend "is stoking talk on Capitol Hill that the 'K Street Project'" - an effort launched by Grover Norquist and Tom DeLay to have firms hire more Republicans - "is alive and well." (Earlier reports suggested, "Democrats are coming back into vogue on K Street.") Republican Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, who is interviewing with 15 firms, said, "K Street is still only 30% Republican, so there's a lot more work to do to make it even."